The Ancient World in the Cinema

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Yale University Press, 2001 - Performing Arts - 364 pages
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This entertaining and useful book provides a comprehensive survey of films about the ancient world, from The Last Days of Pompeii to Gladiator. Jon Solomon catalogues, describes, and evaluates films set in ancient Greece and Rome, films about Greek and Roman history and mythology, films of the Old and New Testaments, films set in ancient Egypt, Babylon, and Persia, films of ancient tragedies, comic films set in the ancient world, and more. The book has been updated to include feature films and made-for-television movies produced in the past two decades. More than two hundred photographs illustrate both the films themselves and the ancient sources from which their imagery derives.
 

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Contents

Mnemosyne A Survey of the Genre
1
Clio Greek and Roman History
37
Calliope Greek and Roman Mythology
101
Polyhymnia The Old Testament and Tales of the Christ
133
Erato The New Testament and Tales of the Christ
177
Euterpe Babylon Egypt Persia and the Ancient Orient
225
Melpomene Ancient Tragedy and The Satyricon
259
Thalia Ancient Comedy and Satirized Ancients
283
Terpsichore The Muscleman Epics
307
Epilogue
325
Chronology of GrecoRoman History in Film
327
Films of the Old Testament
330
Notes
333
Select Bibliography
335
Index
339
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Jon Solomon is professor of classics at the University of Arizona.

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